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Fire destroys group home in Stafford

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Update: The director of Heritage House of Virginia says seven adults were living at the group home on Whispering Pines Lane. They were temporarily placed in the provider’s other six homes in the area. The central office is located on Garrisonville Road. Read more here. 


Seven adults with special needs were displaced after a group home burned down Monday afternoon in North Stafford.  No one was at the house at the time of the fire, said Stafford County Fire & Rescue spokesman Mark Doyle.

The call for the fire came in  about 2:40 p.m. By the time units arrived, the house was engulfed in flames and deemed unsafe for firefighters to enter. The roof collapsed. The single-story, 2,000-square-foot home is   about a mile down Whispering Pines Lane, a gravel road off Shelton Shop Road. Hose was laid down the road to provide water to the site.

Two hours later, firefighters were still cooling off the hot spots and ashes in the home, as smoke and small fires lingered.

The fire marshal’s office is investigating the cause. Doyle said it could take days to determine what happened.

Units from across the county, Marine Corps Base Quantico, Prince William County and Woodbridge responded to the two-alarm fire.

Shelton Shop Road between Courthouse Road and Garrisonville Road was closed for much of the afternoon and early evening.

Katie Thisdell: 540/735-1975

Photo courtesy of Mark Doyle